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Why Do Christians Need the Whole Bible

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why do christians need the whole Bible
Sometimes you hear people saying that Christians only need the New Testament. What do you think? Do we need the whole Bible? I just finished listening to the Old testament as part of my Lenten journey of reading through the whole Bible. And I am more convinced than ever that we need the Old testament to explain the New Testament.

You know, sending Jesus was not a spur of the moment idea. God had planned it all along. God had every detail of the whole salvation plan ready from the beginning. Without the Old Testament prophecies we would not know that God keeps his word. Every single detail of the prophecies came through. How fascinating is that. This is why we can trust God to also keep his word in the future. As we know from the Old Testament it took thousand of years to fulfill the prophecies. The same way God is not late this time, either. God’s time table just is different than ours. And, by the way, there are even more biblical prophecies on the second coming of Christ than prophecies on the first coming.

Here’s one of those examples of fulfilled Old Testament prophecies just in time for Palm Sunday:

Shout and cheer, Daughter Zion!
Raise the roof, Daughter Jerusalem!
Your king is coming!
    a good king who makes all things right,
    a humble king riding a donkey,
    a mere colt of a donkey.
I’ve had it with war—no more chariots in Ephraim,
no more war horses in Jerusalem,
no more swords and spears, bows and arrows.
He will offer peace to the nations,
    a peaceful rule worldwide,
    from the four winds to the seven seas.
(Zechariah ):9-10 MSG, emphasis added)

We truly need both the Old and the New Testament to guide us. Just as A.W. Tozer has said “Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian”. We need the whole Bible to have a holistic picture of God and to teach us how to walk with God. We need the law and we need the gospel. We need the whole Bible to know God and to surrender to his care.

What would we do if we didn’t have Lamentations or those Psalms where people pour out their hearts to God in anguish and despair? What would we do without learning how truly God wants us to be holy? What would we do if we didn’t know the stories of Abraham, Ruth or Josiah? Would we dare to be bold enough to follow God’s guidance if we hadn’t all these saints gone before us? Would we know that God will always come through for his children? I don’t think so.

When I feel desolated I turn to the Bible.
When I feel elated I turn to the Bible.
When I feel clueless I turn to the Bile.
No matter what I turn to the Bible.

Because the help comes through the Word of God.
Because by reading the Bible I can be grounded in God.
Because through the Bible I can feel the pulse of God.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for the Bible!
Thank you for speaking through the Word!
Thank you for being active in our lives!
Thank you for preparing for the second coming of Jesus!
Prepare our hearts and minds, Lord!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What do you think? Do we need the whole Bible? How often do you read through the Bible?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you explore the Bible and ponder on the Word of God!

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  • Leo

    All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 2Tim3:16

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      That’s right, Leo! Thanks for sharing! Big blessings to you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dawn.paoletta1 Dawn St Amand Paoletta

    I agree with Leo, and there would be no New Testament without the OLD! One must know the OT to have a full revelation and comprehension of the NT. I love the OT. Jesus may be “concealed” somewhat in the OT but He IS fully revealed in the complete exposition of the BIBLE. Glad for you to post this important truth!

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Exactly! Thank you, Dawn, for your valuable input. Abundant blessings to you, sis!

  • http://lisanotes.blogspot.com/ Lisa notes…

    I try to read through the whole Bible every 2 or 3 years (I have a heard time doing it in 1). And yes, I totally agree with you that the WHOLE Bible is wonderful. I feel so blessed that we have it in a form we can hold and carry with us and read whenever and wherever. Those Old Testament stories reveal so much about the character of God and about the things to come in the New Testament. Together they tell a complete story.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thank you, Lisa, for commenting and sharing your love for the Bible! It really is a living treasure! Bountiful Blessings to you, sis!

  • Jerri Miller

    Are you kidding? No bible stories, no Psalms with it beauty and promises, no Proverbs without its wisdom? We definitely need the entire bible!

    Thanks for sharing the Tozer quote. I totally agree.

    I loved your post and especially the part you where you wrote, “Would we know that God will always come through for his children? I don’t think so.” Me either.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thank you kindly, Jerri! So wonderful to hear others deeply love the entire Bible! Abundant blessings to you on your faith journey!

  • Court Daniel

    All scripture is God breathed, but even more missing out on half of it is missing out on the greatest story teller ever’s first half!

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Well said! Who would indeed want to skip the first half of the greatest story ever? Thank you so much! Strong Blessings!

  • http://www.gettingdownwithjesus.com/ dukeslee

    Oh yeah, girl! Preach it. And this is why I’ve been reading Leviticus lately. Yes, Jesus is there, too! :)

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Yes, Jennifer! Jesus is in Leviticus, too! Thank you so much for stopping by & commenting! BLESSINGS!

  • lolwatamireading

    Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT
    If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

    Exodus 21:15 NAB
    Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death.

    Leviticus 21:9 NAB
    A priest’s daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death.

    Yeah, we definitely need the Old Testament. By the way, these are not the only examples of ridiculous Old Testament verses.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thanks for commenting. The Old Testament is more than single verses here and there. Read the OT all the way through. It enables you to undderstand the New Testament better. Abundant blessings to you!